Diego Costa could be set to make a shock return to the Premier League, with reports that Arsenal are keeping tabs on the former Chelsea striker and recently become a free agent.
Costa is without a club after agree to end his contract at Atletico Mineiro after six months at Brazilian height, and the Gunners have been linked with a knockdown blow for their old foe.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his front line in the January transfer window, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in exile at the club and currently at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Folarin Balogun has joined Middlesbrough on loan.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are also both out of contract this summer, and they have combined to score just three league goals this season.
Signing the 33-year-old Costa would be a short-term option, but with the striker now available for free, it could be a win-win deal for both club and player.
The Brazil-born Spain international has been linked with several clubs in his adopted country, with LaLiga sides Caldiz and Elche, as well as LaLiga2 side Eibar reportedly interested.
But now Arsenal have joined the race, according to Goal, with claims the Gunners have held talks with the striker and his team.
The report suggests that Arsenal’s transfer chiefs have been in “informal consultation” with the former Premier League marksman and that no formal offers have yet been put on the table.
Costa is currently on vacation in Spain as he weighs his options for his next career move. Sau Paulo giants Corinthians are also said to be keen on keeping him in Brazil but he is said to be ‘in no rush’ to make a decision.
Costa joined Atletico Mineiro in August 2021 and enjoyed a successful, if short, stay at the club with five goals and one assist in 19 appearances as they won a league and cup double.
He even made headlines in December for driving a tractor after the club’s trophy success.
Now the eccentric leader could be offered a return to English football, but this time with former London rivals Arsenal.
Costa loved scoring against the Gunners during his Chelsea career, with a stunning record of six goals and five wins in six appearances against the north Londoners.
The leader left the Blues with an aggregate record 58 Premier League goals in 120 appearances over three seasons at Stamford Bridge, where he won the Premier League and League Cup double in 2015, adding another league crown in 2017 ahead of his exit to Atletico Madrid.
He also continued to haunt the Gunners with the Spanish club, scoring the goal that kicked Arsene Wenger’s side out of the 2018 Europa League semi-finals in the legendary Frenchman’s final season.
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